Originally Posted by blandman
You can't replace your 3, 4, and 5 guys simply because you have to/don't want to rebuild.
edit: I mentioned those spots in the lineup because Rios is leaving in a year (plus he'll probably regress more next year).
No offense, but that makes no sense. How can you say players who seemingly can't produce can't be replaced? Rios is the only decent hitter in the lineup, but you are predicting that Viciedo, Dunn and whoever will replace Konerko will hit well enough to bump Rios out of the middle of the order?! You are the most optimistic pessismist I've ever seen.
I recall people saying in 2004, how can the Sox offense replace the production of Ordonez and Lee? Except in that case those were two guys who were damn fine hitters...and they were still wrong.